Demonstration in front of Saint-Gilles Cathedral
Civil liberties protesters gathered on the pavement opposite the entrance to St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh with blank banners.
“We are here because people have been arrested or threatened with arrest for holding signs against the monarchy. If we did it now, the police would take us away, that’s why nothing is written on the banners, ”explains one of them to the Guardian.
The new king is currently meeting senior Northern Irish officials in Belfast, to receive their condolences. Charles III and Camilla will then participate in an ecumenical ceremony in memory of Queen Elizabeth, at St. Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast.
They will be in Buckingham this evening to welcome the coffin of the late sovereign.
Center Parks closes its villages on Monday
A public holiday has been declared for the Queen’s funeral on Monday, and many shops and services will remain closed. “Following the announcement of the date of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, we have taken the decision to close all our British villages on Monday September 19 at 10 am as a sign of respect and to allow as many of our colleagues as possible to participate. at this historic moment”, announced on Twitter the company Center Parks, which manages six holiday centers in Great Britain.
Customers who end or begin their stay on Monday will be refunded.
The London Underground will operate on Sunday
In order to relieve the lines converging on Buckingham, certain metro stations, usually closed on Sundays, will be reopened this weekend.
At Hillsborough, Charles “resolved to seek the welfare of all the inhabitants of Northern Ireland”,
King Charles III, after listening to the words of Alex Maskey, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly since 2020 and anti-monarchist, speaks in turn. Elizabeth II “kept the promise, with unwavering faith, to uphold constitutional government. I take this duty upon myself and, with God’s help, I am determined to seek the well-being of all the people of Northern Ireland.
A million people expected in Westminster
From tomorrow 5 p.m. (6 p.m. French time), it will be possible to wait in front of the Palace of Westminster to be able to pay a last tribute in front of the coffin of the late Queen. A million people are expected over the next five days, until dawn on Monday, a few hours before the funeral.
The wait could last more than 24 hours, Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan warned, speaking to MPs.
Official details of the queuing arrangements will be made public at 10 p.m. tonight.
Harry won’t wear the uniform
The second son of King Charles III will not wear his uniform during ceremonies honoring his grandmother, including his funeral on Monday. Only active members of the “firm” can wear it, the new king has decided. Harry gave up his royal duties and privileges to live in California with his wife Meghan and their children. His uncle Andrew, withdrawn from his royal duties due to accusations of sexual assault brought against him by a victim of Jeffrey Epstein, will also be in costume.
And tomorrow ?
In the early afternoon tomorrow, the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II will be transported from Buckingham palace on a gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, to go to Westminster past the emblematic monuments of royal London . The procession will pass through Queen’s Gardens, The Mall, Horse Guards and Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Street, Parliament Square and New Palace Yard.
The King has arrived at Hillsborough Castle
There he will see an exhibition on the long association between Queen Elizabeth II and Northern Ireland. But before that, the monarch enjoyed a walkabout in front of the official royal residence. Charles III will then have to meet the political leaders of the region at Hillsborough Castle and receive the homage of the pro-British parties, mostly Protestant, as well as the sympathies of the nationalists, especially Catholics, who see the possibility of reunification with Ireland. He will then attend an Anglican religious service in Belfast, which must be joined by Protestants and Catholics, but also the main Irish leaders.
The Lord-Lieutenant of the County of Belfast welcomes Charles III
On leaving the plane, Charles III was greeted by Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle, Lord-Lieutenant of the County of Belfast (official representative of the Crown in Belfast), and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris.
Charles III proclaimed king to Antarctica
Thousands of kilometers from London, the British Antarctic Territory did not forget to read the proclamation, during a ceremony in Rothera.
Charles III arrives in Belfast
The plane carrying the British king has landed in Belfast. Charles III begins his first visit as monarch to Northern Ireland, plagued by renewed communal tensions since Brexit. The sovereign must meet political leaders of the different communities, as part of a tour of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), to receive their condolences after the death of Elizabeth II.
Thousands of flowers in Green Park
Tirelessly, the small hands of Buckingham move, every twelve hours, the bouquets, the letters and the memories deposited in front of the gates of the royal palace. Direction Green Park, where a huge location is provided for this purpose.
Crowds await Charles in Belfast
Hundreds of people, many of them women, await the arrival of Charles III and Camilla outside the royal palace in Hillsborough, near Belfast.
A night at Buckingham for staff tributes
The oak and lead coffin of Elizabeth II, which will leave Edinburgh in the afternoon, will be transported in the evening to Buckingham Palace. Londoners are urged to travel along the 24km route.
Greeted by the King and Queen Consort, and by his heir son William and his wife Kate, the coffin will be laid out in the Bow Room, named after the large window that borders the castle’s vast grounds. The palace staff will then be able to pay homage to him, until tomorrow.
Ireland: a very political visit for Charles III
The new King Charles III is expected in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for a real ordeal of reconciliation. Northern Irish Unionists fear that belonging to the United Kingdom is more threatened than ever, in a political context disrupted by Brexit and the historic progress of Republican nationalists, who wish to unite their fate with the Republic of neighboring Ireland.
The monarch is due to meet provincial politicians at Hillsborough Castle, south Belfast; he will then attend an Anglican religious service in Belfast, which must attend Protestants and Catholics but also the main Irish leaders. He will have to put aside his resentment: Louis Mountbatten, his mentor, was assassinated in 1979 by the paramilitaries of the IRA, the former armed wing of Sinn Fein, which won the last elections.
Elizabeth II visited Ireland 22 times as Queen and played a role in the peace process, following the 1998 agreement ending 30 years of civil war.
A coffin of English oak and lead
There is so much to say about everything, the ceremonies, the protocol, the backstage, and even… on the coffin of Elizabeth II. The “royal coffin” had been ready for more than 30 years. It is made of pedunculate oak, a species that has become proud of across the Channel, and of lead, for better conservation in the crypt.
Charles III on his way to Ireland
After attending a wake last night in Edinburgh, Charles III and his wife Camilla left Holyroodhouse Palace for Edinburgh Airport. They must go to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Tributes all night long
Britons lined up all night from Monday to Tuesday to pay their respects before Elizabeth II’s coffin in Edinburgh ahead of her transfer to London. Early this morning the wait time was around two hours but the queue would have to get longer in the morning, the Scottish government has warned, to reach the oak coffin.
Undesirables at the funeral on Monday
According to the Associated Press, no invitations have been sent by the British government to the leaders of Russia, Belarus and Burma. And Iran will be represented by an ambassador.
500 foreign dignitaries expected in London on Monday
Heads of State, of Government, President, Kings, Queens, Princes… nearly 500 international dignitaries will be present at the Queen’s funeral on Monday in London. For most countries, the invitation sent by Whitehall allows everyone to come with one guest.
Tribute to Paris: the embassy extends its opening hours
Condolence registers have been opened at the British Embassy in Paris, located at 35 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, next to the Elysée. The embassy announces to extend its hours, from 9:30 a.m. every day to 4 p.m., until Friday inclusive.
Thousands wait to pay their respects to the Queen
Edinburgh residents came in their “tens of thousands” and could be hundreds of thousands to view the Queen’s coffin in St Giles Cathedral, according to Lord Ian Duncan, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. “It’s an extraordinary outpouring of respect, of grief, of celebration of an extraordinary woman,” he said on the radio on Tuesday morning. The wait to enter the cathedral would be five to six hours.
The route of the coffin
At 5 p.m. (6 p.m. French time), the Queen’s coffin will be transferred from St. Giles Cathedral to Edinburgh Airport. A specially chartered plane will then fly to London. Princess Royal Anne, the eldest of Elizabeth II, and her only daughter, aged 72, will be on board, accompanied by her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. A hearse will take the coffin from RAF Base Northolt to Buckingham Palace where it will be greeted by the King, Queen Consort, and other family members.
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